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March's Book
Home and Beyond
edited by Morris Allen Grubbs

Inside dust cover:

Home and Beyond: An Anthology of Kentucky Short Stories
With an introduction by Wade Hall and an afterword by Charles E. May

Kentucky has inspired a host of acclaimed short story writers over the last fifty years, and much of their work focuses on the tension between the comforts of home and the siren-like lure of the outside world. Morris A. Grubbs has sifted through vintage classics and little-known gems to assemble this collection of forty stories. In subtle and profound ways the stories challenge and overturn accepted stereotypes about the land their authors call home, whether by birth or by choice.

Arranged by order of their first appearance in print, the stories form a diverse gathering as well as a unified story cycle of novelistic scope. Separately and collectively, they reflect a universal and a particularly Kentuckian cycle of embracing and departing, the journey from rootedness to rootlessness and back again, and the individual’s and culture’s love affair both with home and with the world beyond its borders.

The authors include the Commonwealth’s established masters of fiction—Wendell Berry, Gayl Jones, Barbara Kingsolver, Bobbie Ann Mason, James Still, and Robert Penn Warren—and newer voices, such as Dwight Allen, Chris Holbrook, Lisa Koger, Chris Offutt, and Crystal E. Wilkinson. More than half of the authors included have gained national or international recognition in the genre, with stories featured in prize annuals such as Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and New Stories from the South.

Morris A. Grubbs is assistant professor of English at Lindsey Wilson College.

Back cover:

“In one part of my life, I am an actress, a ‘movie star,’ but in another, a deeper place, I am a child of Eastern Kentucky, harboring sweet longings to return to the land of my soul’s dreams and family’s heritage. This volume, destined to be treasured by citizens of Kentucky and beyond, conveyed me to my Avalon with each wonderful story. Of course I especially loved the stories with rural settings, but delighted in the pathos and skill of each author’s talent.”
—Ashley Judd

“A bountiful smorgasbord of classic and lesser-known stories by accomplished Kentucky writers who provide a feast for readers of modern short fiction. While Kentucky is the focus of the anthology, the world of imagination invoked by the authors is delectably universal. In this half-century range of stories, there are tales to delight every taste.”
—Ann Charters, editor of The American Short Story and Its Writer

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